From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director
Christmas Walk made possible by volunteers, donors
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
Grayling Main Street (GMSt) hosted the 40th Annual Grayling Christmas Walk this past weekend. This event is only possible through the dedicated service of volunteers, and the generous contributions of our local businesses and champions. As a show of our immense gratitude to the donors, I will be taking the next 400 or so words to tell you about some of the folks who made the 40th anniversary of the Grayling Christmas Walk a reality.
Thank you, Diane’s Fireworks, and Allen and Liz Dickie. Did you catch the fireworks after the parade and tree lighting? They were excellent! We are so incredibly thankful to Diane’s Fireworks for donating over $600 worth of fireworks to the celebration. Additionally, the Dickies volunteered their time and services to help us get permitting, permission, and insurance all squared away, and Allen set the display off for our enjoyment. We cannot thank Diane’s Fireworks, or the Dickies, enough for making the 40th anniversary extra special.
Thank you, AuSable Title and Escrow Agency, Northern Market, and Xpress Copy Center for sponsoring the 40th anniversary Christmas Walk tote bags. We were so pleased to be able to hand out free bags to visitors to commemorate this long-standing community event.
Thank you to The Grayling Restaurant, for helping us offset our largest line item, advertising. Your generous contribution helped us spread the word far and wide via radio, Facebook, and print. Additionally, thank you Blarney Stone Broadcasting for working with us to make sharing this event more affordable, and for “Christmas Walkin in Grayling,” written by Tom Devitt and performed by Tracy Ulrich over on KLT.
Thank you, Betty Bennet and Thanks-A-Latte/Flowers by Josie for getting Santa and Mrs. Claus here, and providing a wonderful photographer to capture some truly sweet moments. This is arguably everyone’s favorite part of Christmas Walk. We were so happy to have a new place for Santa this year in the AuSable Artisan Village. Thank you AAV for letting us set up inside this year, we heard nothing but joy for having moved Santa to a warmer location. We would also like to extend a hardy thank you to Rite Aid for providing a free print of every photo taken that night. If you were not able to get your picture that night, please stop by the GMSt office, in the Chamber of Commerce building.
Thank you, Grayling Insurance and Dead Bear for your generous contributions that made it possible for us to host an adorable baby reindeer and his momma, over in the North Country Corner parking lot. This is another crowd favorite.
Thank you, Grayling Promotional Association for your continued support of the Christmas Walk by providing the horse drawn carriage. The ladies of GPA are such avid supporters of our program and we are delighted to have them continue to support local events like Christmas Walk.
Thank you, to all of the wonderful folks who contributed raffle prizes to our Trolley Pass Bucket Raffle. We raffled off more than 30 prizes. For a complete list of raffle prizes, and their contributors, please see visit our website or Facebook page.
Thank you, volunteers. Without you, we would not be able to make any of this happen. Every second you give us, and this event, is a gift that we can never say thank enough for.
Finally, thank you, to everyone who came out and enjoyed our community. We hope to see you again soon!
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Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next.